Many University of Malta students voiced their frustration on social media after being informed that not all lectures will be able to held on campus in the first semester.
The problem arises from the fact that there will not be enough lecture rooms after the UoM leased the Gateway Building to the health authorities for at least until January, to serve as an emergency hub in case COVID-19 cases rise.
The building features five large lecture theatres and several smaller rooms that aren’t in use, making it difficult to accommodate larger student groups.
Three student organizations addressed a letter to Prime Minister Robert Abela, Health minister Chris Fearne and Education Minister Justyne Caruana, where they outlined the “double-standards” which were being adopted.
Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi, ELSA Malta and Junior Chamber of Advocates emphasized that it is highly unfair that students are prohibited from attending lectures on campus rather than simply attending behind a screen.
They also highlighted the fact that the majority of university students are fully vaccinated.
What are YOUR thoughts on this? Do you think university lectures should remain online?